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2021 Friends of the Library Executive Officers
President – Russ Wise
Treasurer – Greg Maurin
Russ Wise of LaPlace was recently appointed as President of this important non-profit organization. Mr. Wise is a retired broadcast journalist who began his career at the age of 14 in West Virginia. He moved to the New Orleans area when recruited by WGSO AM Talk radio and began contributing to ABC and National Public Radio in 1984.
He was a member of the St. John Parish School Board for nearly 20 years, and served as President of the Louisiana School Boards Association. He’s also familiar to thousands of River Parishes families for appearing as Santa Claus at schools, daycares, hospitals, and nursing homes, and helping raise money for civic groups and local animal shelters.
Wise said, “I am excited to work with our library system and its Director, Andrea Tullos. They have been extremely important to our community during this past year of change, and I hope we can create a strong group of volunteers to support its many programs and increased activity.”
Have a Special Gift for Leading?
The Friends of the Library is looking for officers, as well as members. Contact the library at (985) 652-6857 to share your interest.
If you are interested in joining or volunteering with the Friends, pick up a brochure in any of our library branches or email the library at SJBPLinfo@stjohn.lib.la.us.